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Alisson Becker: “We Gave Away A Few Opportunities To Them But That’s Football”



Alisson Becker: “We Gave Away A Few Opportunities To Them But That’s Football”

Liverpool Men have now won five on the spin in the Premier League and it may be just enough to make top four, especially following the nervy 1-0 win against Fulham on Wednesday night. A penalty taken by Mohamed Salah after Darwin Nunez was fouled in the box made all the difference, but the scoreline doesn’t mean goalkeeper Alisson Becker had nothing to do all match.

“Really happy to keep the clean sheet. Tonight it was massive to keep the three points as well. It was a really tough game against a really good side,” Becker said following the match.

“They are not getting the results in the last matches but they are playing really well, they are a proper threat to the opponent and tonight they showed that. For us, we worked together as a team, we worked really good on the ball, defensively as well really good.

“We gave away a few opportunities to them but that’s football, there’s the quality of the opponent as well. I’m happy for tonight for the three points and the clean sheet.”

While not the most exciting scoreline, the most important thing was maintaining that lead – even if that took some patience on the home side – something that Becker praised the squad for having, being able to keep control of the match.

“It’s being patient and always keep trying, keep trying. This is part of football as well, you’re not going to get every matchday and score four or five goals,” the goalkeeper explained.

“So you have to be patient, you have to keep working, prepare yourself, prepare the moves and the plays as good as you can. Obviously if we can score this is going to give more confidence for us, but 1-0 is the same victory and same three points as 4-0 or 5-0, so we are happy for that.”

They may not have all been clean sheets, but five wins in a row is nothing to sniff at, especially knowing the kind of season the Men have had up to this point. Shades of confidence have been coming back into the squad during play, and it’s clear that they’re trying to ride the momentum of their work as far as they can.

“In football, when you find the momentum and get the confidence you have to keep that,” Becker added.

“It’s too easy to lose and if you lose it it’s really hard to get back, everybody saw it this season. But we are working hard; we always said we were working hard to change our situation and here is the result. We are getting on the winning path again. Still a lot to improve but we are on the right path as a team and I really believe great things will come for us.”

The next match comes quickly as we enter the home stretch of the season, with the Reds playing again on Saturday. Brentford comes to Anfield and Becker knows that the Reds will be ready for the Bees that have given us trouble in the past.

“So good to play at home, the atmosphere tonight was amazing. When the supporters are pushing us we are a better team, for sure. And against a tough opponent; when we played them away it was a really hard game,” Becker said.

“They are a really aggressive team in a good way, really strong and we have to fight again, keep the good rhythm and try to win.”


Liverpool transfer target fulfils Jürgen Klopp’demand’as Thiago midfield heir becomes clear

For the most part, Liverpool has coped without a controller in its midfield department over the past decade. Throughout Jürgen Klopp’s tenure on Merseyside, he’s selected midfielders who are primarily associated with intensity, industry, energy and defensive security.

Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Fabinho are examples of the stereotypical Reds midfielder, with Gini Wijnaldum also fitting the mold despite his attempts to become a makeshift controller towards the end of his time at Anfield. The Dutchman was replaced by a man who dictates matches for fun in Thiago Alcântara, but there has been one major problem attached to his transfer.

Simply put, the two-time Champions League winner hasn’t been on the pitch enough since joining from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020. The Spanish international is an expert when it comes to adding a degree of composure and coolness to Klopp’s turbulent engine room, but he’s prone to picking up frustrating injuries.

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Now aged 32, Thiago looks destined to be out for the rest of the campaign after the recurrence of an issue with his hip. Liverpool has five games remaining before the Premier League season is wrapped up, but will have to navigate those games without a cultured orchestrator in the mold of Thiago.

Once the final bout has been concluded at the end of this month, players will be released for their summer holidays as they attempt to recover before going again in August. Klopp won’t be afforded much time to relax, however, as the German coach will dedicate most of his time towards overseeing a squad overhaul of sorts.

With Milner, Naby Keïta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to leave Liverpool once their contracts expire in the coming months, the Reds will have to replace them. Jude Bellingham was originally deemed to be Klopp’s first-choice target, but it seems the boss has accepted defeat due to the sizeable transfer fee that Borussia Dortmund would demand for its prized asset.

Liverpool is in the market for alternatives right now, and according to The Times, Alexis Mac Allister ranks near the top of the club’s shortlist. The Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder has experienced a promising campaign on the south coast, and he now seems ready to move.

Alexis Mac Allister could be the ideal Thiago heir for Liverpool.

(Image: Photo by Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

In fact, the father of the World Cup winner, Carlos, talked up a departure just a few months ago. In an interview with ESPN Argentina, as quoted by 90min, he said: “Clubs are starting to call us for Alexis, but there are no concrete talks now. We’ll decide together with Brighton, they deserve respect. We will pick the best project, based on the coach too. It’s not about money.”

Aged just 24, Mac Allister is technical and refined when on the ball. He is rarely flustered regardless of where he’s deployed, demonstrating an ability to play in deeper or advanced areas, having occupied a variety of different roles under Roberto De Zerbi and Graham Potter before him.

Speaking to ESPN recently, the Argentine international said: “I can play as a six, as an eight or as a 10. As a six, maybe I touch more balls. The last couple of games, I play a more advanced role and I feel really good. There I have the opportunity to score more goals.”

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Mac Allister almost depicts shades of İlkay Gündoğan, who is now at Manchester City but played under Klopp when the pair represented Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Aside from Thiago, it is reasonable to suggest that Gündoğan was the last true controller who offered calm amongst Klopp’s chaos.

With Thiago now sidelined until next season while also being likely to depart in 2024 once his contract expires, Mac Allister could become an unlikely heir to his throne. The South American certainly isn’t a carbon copy, but he does offer similar perks in terms of control, composure and technical mastery.

“He can demand rhythm,” Klopp once said about Thiago, and Mac Allister can do the same.

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